Arnab Ray

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Arnab Ray
Pen name Greatbong
Occupation Research scientist, blogger, novelist
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Bengali
Alma mater Jadavpur University
Stony Brook University

Arnab Ray (Bengali: অর্ণব রায়), better known as Greatbong, is a noted Indian novelist and one of India's most widely read bloggers who blogs at Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind.


Ray was born and brought up in Kolkata. His father Alok Ray is an ex-professor of IIM Calcutta. He graduated from Jadavpur University as a Bachelor in Computer Science and Engineering and went on to finish his PhD in Computer Science from State University of New York at Stony Brook.[1]

He is known for his sarcastic takes on the Indian film industry, Indian politics and society in general. His blog was awarded the "Indiblog of the Year" at Indibloggies in 2006[2] and 2008.[3] He has written for several media outlets such as the Washington Post,[4] Outlook magazine[5] and Live Mint.[6]

He is presently employed as a research scientist at the University of Maryland and resides in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. He is an agnostic with moderate political beliefs as he has written about in his many blogposts.[7][8] His first book May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss, published by Harper Collins, was on India Today's Bestsellers list.[9] His second book, The Mine, has also been well received. His third book, Yatrik was published in September 2014. His fourth book Sultan of Delhi : Ascension, first of a two-part crime-drama, is up for pre-order and releasing in October 2016.



  1. ^ "arnabray". Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  2. ^ "The 2006 Winners are here | Indibloggies - The Indian Weblog Awards | Indian Blog Awards". Indibloggies. 2007-02-22. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  3. ^ "Results | Indibloggies - The Indian Weblog Awards | Indian Blog Awards". Indibloggies. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  4. ^ "The Spider". The Washington Post. 18 November 2007. 
  5. ^ "Acidwash Adonis | Arnab Ray". Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  6. ^ "IPL2: Hits, ifs and misses". Livemint. 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  7. ^ "Arnab Ray". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  8. ^ "The Question of Suffering « Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind". 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  9. ^ "Bestsellers for April 2010". India Today. 1 May 2010. 

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